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Production Arts Level 3 at Peterborough Regional College

Course description

Do you have an interest in back stage management, theatre lighting, props or design (as opposed to on–stage performance)? If so then our Production Arts course could be for you.

You will be a person who enjoys hard work and would love to work on live shows as part of a production team.

Course content

You will study general subjects such as: • Stage management • Lighting • Theatre design Specialist technical subjects: • Lighting design • Puppet design and operation • Basic theatre sound • Props making

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above or other relevant level 2 qualification preferably at Merit. You will also need to be available for evening rehearsals and performances throughout the course. Experience of a theatrical environment is helpful but not essential.


You will complete a number of assignments, including assessed live productions, practical projects in back stage work and practical administration.

Financial information

You will need to be available for evening rehearsals and performances. This will be discussed at interview.

Technical theatre students will need to have basic black wear, a hard hat and strong sensible footwear for backstage crewing.

All students on the course attend theatre performances and workshops and you will need to fund your own tickets and arrange transport home after college hours when rehearsing and performing. A basic tool kit is also required.

Future opportunities

You can go on to study for a degree in subjects such as technical theatre, production, design or theatre studies. The course can also be used to gain employment in the theatre industry as part of a production team, backstage crew, or theatre management. Previous students have been accepted on to industry recognised courses at LAMDA, Mountview and Guildhall.

Some former students now work on productions throughout the country including the UK tours of Shrek, The Bodyguard and Annie as well as working for local theatres and companies like The Key Theatre, The Cresset and Local multi media company LUX technical which is run and managed by an ex student.

Further information

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application. You may also be asked to attend a second interview to show portfolio work.

Typically up to 20 hours per week plus some evening rehearsals and performances. To be discussed at interview.

You will be enrolled on a study programme that includes various aspects of study that complement your main programme of study. You could re–take GCSE English and Maths or study a functional skill. You could also work on cross–college arts projects.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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